KCR flays Centre for neglect to Telangana’s heritage

KCR flays Centre for disregard to Telangana’s heritage


HYDERABAD: Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao blasted the Centre accusing it of revealing ‘indifferent mindset’ towards Telangana state on tourist and heritage sectors.

Speaking during the Concern Hour in the Legislative Assembly on Monday, the Chief Minister said the repeated requests of the state federal government to the Centre looking for due acknowledgment to Telangana’s rich culture, festivals, arts and traditions had actually fallen on deaf ears.

The Chief Minister alleged that the Centre was meting out gross oppression to Telangana even while announcing Padma awards every year as the names recommended by the state government for these awards were being ignored and several prominent individuals in different fields from Telangana were denied of awards.

“When I satisfied Prime Minister Narendra Modi and union home minister Amit Shah during my recent Delhi see, I questioned both on Padma awards issue. I asked them to tell whether they wanted the Telangana federal government to suggest names to the Centre for Padma awards or not. There are several distinguished artists and persons in Telangana who made important contributions to different fields. However when the state government proposes their names for the Padma awards, the Centre is merely neglecting them,” Rao said.

The Chief Minister also came down heavily on the Centre for excessive hold-up in granting approvals to set up a minimum of airstrips at 6 significant places in Telangana to promote tourist, heritage and market.

“It has been more than six-and-a-half years considering that we made this demand to the Centre however absolutely nothing occurred. When union civil aviation minister Scindia visited Hyderabad just recently, I hosted lunch for him and requested him to accelerate approvals to a minimum of airstrips, if not airports. We have actually provided to set up these airstrips with our own funds if they provide approvals. Regardless of this, the Centre has been sitting on our propositions for several years,” Rao added.

Describing the state federal government’s strategies to promote Telangana heritage, culture and tourism, the Chief Minister stated a committee would be formed with MLAs of all districts to take steps to determine, develop and showcase historic locations, forts, picturesque spots and distinct temples in Telangana to the world.

He declared that Telangana’s history, culture, customs, and arts were not promoted for 58 years in undistracted Andhra Pradesh. He mentioned that Telangana had wonderful waterfalls, the Pandavula Gutta hillock in Khammam and Jogulamba temple at Alampur among many others which were all disregarded by succeeding federal governments.

After the formation of the state in 2014, the state government had actually taken up multiple programs for promotion of the abundant heritage, scenic places and spiritual centres, he added.

The Chief Minister notified your home that the families of a number of royal dynasties were stepping forward to turn over their ancient forts to the state government for establishing them into tourist destinations.

“We will develop tourist spots using all the natural appeal of Telangana state. Due to the Kaleshwaram project, the 160-km long Godavari stretch is streaming with water all through the year creating various picturesque locations. We have a lot of tourism possible thanks to offered heritage structures, dense forests, waterfalls, scenic places, spiritual centres and temples,” Rao stated.

Published at Mon, 04 Oct 2021 14:03:58 -0500